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Tortilla Chicken Casserole

Tortilla Chicken Casserole

Get a jump start on dinner with this southwestern comfort food casserole that can be made up to 2 days ahead. Serve with an array of toppings: diced avocado, sour cream, lime wedges, sliced pickled jalapeño, fresh cilantro, and salsa.

Oxmoor House JUNE 2007

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Cook time: 1 Hour
  • Prep time: 17 Minutes


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups minced red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups (12 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Stir in cumin, and cook 1 minute. Stir in flour; cook 3 minutes. Add chicken broth and sour cream; simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken, and stir to blend.

Soften tortillas by layering them between damp paper towels and heating in microwave, in several batches, at HIGH for 30 seconds.

Arrange 4 tortillas in a lightly greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with one-third of chicken mixture (about 2 cups), sprinkle with 1 cup cheese, and cover with 4 more tortillas. Repeat layers with another one-third of chicken mixture, 1 cup cheese, 4 tortillas, and ending with remaining chicken and 1 cup cheese. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until bubbling and browned.

Note: You can also freeze this casserole. Follow the make-ahead directions above but freeze after preparing. When ready to cook it, bake foil-covered frozen casserole at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.


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